Jul 05, 2014
Germany is the first team through to the 2014 World Cup semi finals after defeating France 1-0 this morning thanks to a Mats Hummels header in the 13th minute.
Hummels got on the end of a Toni Kroos free kick to give the Germans the early lead and it would prove to be the match winner for Germany in a largely unexciting affair at Estadio do Macarana in Rio.
It was not a game for the purists amid plenty of errors from both sides, but on a hot day in Rio the Germans were much better organised than they were for their Round of 16 effort and they produced a solid team effort when it mattered most.
France had their chances to get on the scoreboard but they were unable to take them and were found wanting a little on the big occasion.
They almost scored an equaliser in the 34th minute when Mathieu Valbuena had a close range shot that was kept out in superb fashion by German keeper Manuel Neuer.
Neuer would foil France again in the dying minutes when he parried a cracking Karim Benzema left-foot shot away from goal to virtually end the French challenge at this tournament.
“We had our chances,” France coach Didier Deschamps said.
“But they had more experience than we did. They had us under control and they controlled that one goal lead well.”
Andre Schurrle, the German substitute, had a couple of good chances late in the game to put an end to the French resistance, but it made little difference in the end as one goal would be enough for Germany.
France 0 – 1 Germany
13m Mats Hummels (GER)
54m Sami Khedira
80m Bastian Schweinsteiger
Hugo Lloris, Mamadou Sakho (72m), Mathieu Debuchy, Patrice Evra, Raphael Varane, Yohan Cabaye (73m), Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann , Karim Benzema, Mathieu Valbuena (85m)
72m Laurent Koscielny
73m Loic Remy
85m Olivier Giroud
Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Hoewedes, Toni Kroos (90m), Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira, Thomas Mueller, Mesut Oezil (83m), Miroslav Klose (69m)
69m Andre Schuerrle
83m Mario Goetze
90m Christoph Kramer
Germany’s semi final opponent will be Brazil and they will meet on Tuesday 8th July 2014 for the right to play off in the 2014 World Cup against either Argentina or the Netherlands.
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